Hughes Demonstrates New Multi-path Satellite Networking Software for NASA Using the International Space Station February 04, 2020 Interoperability false Tested by NASA and the U.S. Air Force, Hughes interoperable satellite technology sets precedent for government-commercial hybrid network solution. In 2019, Hughes received a request to demonstrate its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based network automation capabilities for satellite communications (SATCOM) between a ground station and the International Space Station (ISS). A switchover of the ground-space link with the ISS was performed as it orbited over the NASA Glenn Research Center in Glenn, OH, where the demonstration was conducted. Hughes engineers had to work quickly to configure the solution, which autonomously switched a communications signal between different modems aboard the ISS using the Hughes Flexible Modem Interface (FMI), a Software-Defined Network (SDN) technology designed to give military satellite systems higher availability and resiliency. “The success of the ISS demonstration is the direct result of intensive collaboration between several different teams at Hughes and our customer,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes Defense Division. “Our engineers in Germantown and San Diego came together in support of our customer and exceeded expectations in all areas.” In the demonstration at the Glenn Center, the FMI software controlled two modems onboard the ISS, orbiting 254 miles above the Earth, using automated commands to switch the transmission successfully based on conditional rulesets. The test at the NASA facility was led by Michael Rodgers, a principal software engineer based with the Hughes MobileSat Division in San Diego, which supports several defense programs. “The ISS test shows the important role that AI-based network technology will play in delivering higher resiliency and flexibility to satellite communications systems whether on the ground, in the air or on a space station,” said Dr. Rajeev Gopal, vice president of Advanced Defense Programs at Hughes. “Government and commercial enterprises need application assurance to meet the increasing demands on their communications networks, and this test proves, once again, that Hughes can deliver that assurance cost-effectively.” A significant advantage of the innovative Hughes FMI Solution is that it can be used with existing terminals, making it possible to add secondary and tertiary service options for connectivity without needing to replace large volumes of expensive hardware. Hughes previously demonstrated its FMI technology in December 2018 as part of the USAF Space and Missile Command’s SATCOM Pilot Programs to enable interoperability for military satellite communication networks. Standards-based interoperability for SATCOM systems and services is critical to meeting DoD’s Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C) concept for future networks and holds important potential for commercial networks, as well. “Hughes continues to enhance the capability to ensure that the new space enterprise architecture will support terminals with multiple modems for switching across services, including from geostationary and non-geostationary orbit satellites,” added Dr. Gopal.” Categories See All Connecting the Unconnected (49) Satellite is Essential (47) Company News (42) JUPITER System (29) HughesNet (25) HughesON Managed Networks (18) SD-WAN (16) Podcast (15) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (12) Interoperability (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (8) Popular Blogs Better Satellite World Podcast: Space for All, Season 2 - The Rural ImperativeMay 24, 2021 The Future of ConnectivityJun 9, 2021 Peru School System and HughesNet Connect Students to Educational ResourcesJun 15, 2021 Upcoming 3GPP Release 17 to Include Satellite in Global 5G StandardJun 22, 2021 Disaster Communications Systems with Tony BardoJun 28, 2021 Related Posts See All Hughes “Digital Workers” Improve Field Service and Customer Experience March 24, 2021 Powering a Connected Future for Military Satellite Communications April 15, 2018 How Satellite is Helping the Fight Against COVID-19 April 15, 2020 Hughes Wins Contract for U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System April 15, 2020 Flexible Satellite and LTE Solutions Expand Addressable Markets for Mobile Operators April 14, 2020 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.